Gordon Cook gcook at
Sun Nov 5 18:36:16 UTC 1995

What are we to do when in the middle of $$$ goldrush we essentially have 
the internet composed of groups that other than keeping it operating 
share very little in the way of common motivations and goals?

With the CIX I have seen a recognition of a need to change and some new 
directions floated.  Yet I have seen nothing to suggest that the 
organizations policy has really reached outside that of ithe 
organizations of its board members.  Last time I looked at the CIX web 
they touted about 200 members....all in a nice single list with no 
distinction of how many had paid the $7,500 price of membership as 
opposed to the new and minimal $1,000.

I believe that internet business model issues will be critical next 
year.  Starting with quality of service issues that hans Werner has 
written about here and going on to issue of traffic or route based 
settlements, and fall out from CIDR routing issues, there are straws in 
the wind that could make 1996 a year of crunch by the largest two dozen 
ISPs against the rest.  

I perceive Tim's call as being directed at the rest..... most of which 
are too busy trying to figure out how to cost effectively serve new 
customers than to organize.  I hear rumblings about a new world 
federation of internet groups.  Sounds good to me.  Cause with the RBOCs 
and Cable banging at the door, ISOC fumbling just as badly as the CIX, 
people suggesting that the IETF needs to incorporate but no one there 
finding time to do it, I sure do wonder who and/or what will ever manage 
to preserve and protect the internet vision? 

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